This week’s Rappahannock News (Nov. 29)

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Former chef pleads to animal cruelty charge

Absent the testimony of the only reported witness to the crime, former local chef Anthony Robert Ahrens pleaded guilty Monday (Nov. 26) in Rappahannock County Circuit Court to a reduced charge of misdemeanor animal cruelty, and then went home to Massachusetts.

Rappahannock on the radar this fall

It’s been true for some time that Rappahannock County’s singularly talented populace, and its mom-and-pop-and-beyond businesses, pop up often in headlines in the larger world – but November brought an exceptional outburst of attention.

Tourism director is retiring

Laura Overstreet, the tourism director hired by Rappahannock County four years ago to coordinate efforts to raise the county’s profile among potential visitors, is retiring effective Jan. 1.

The Rapp column for Nov. 29

Check out the many Christmas-themed events throughout Little Washington and Sperryville, a new exhibit opening at River District Arts and the Friends of Liberty’s holiday social/meeting in this week’s Rapp.

Publisher wins Mosby award

Rappahannock News Publisher Walter Nicklin will be honored next Wednesday with a “Heritage Hero Award” from the Mosby Heritage Area Association.

Playing with fire (and glass) for a living

Sperryville’s Eric Kvarnes has always loved fire, and for the past 38 years he’s been playing with it. Kvarnes, 60, is a master glassblower and the owner of Oldway Art Center. The latest installment in Kay Beatty’s “Old Ways in Rappahannock” series.

Editorial: Christmas spirit all year long

This coming Sunday’s Christmas in Little Washington parade is not only a holiday celebration but also a wonderful example of the community spirit that animates Rappahannock County. The essential building block of this community is all about trust.

Plus . . .

Pam Owen’s Wild Ideas column on the comings and goings of wrens . . . Jan Clatterbuck’s Washington column . . . Art Candenquist’s latest 150 Years Ago This Week dispatch . . . letters about lost dogs, rediscovered baseball memories and hard-working election officers . . . and more.

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